TRAVELLING TO THE ONCE GARDEN CITY OF INDIA: BANGALORE
Bangalore usually known as the silicon valley of India is confined to startup hubs, but the city lesser known for its tourist spots and gardens is also known as the Garden City of India. Today, let us guide you through the different aspects of travelling to the silicon plateau, Bangalore.
Today, the third-largest city of India was once called the garden city because of its many green spaces. An insight into history allows some to uncover the reasons for the city’s transformation into a technological hub. Established hundreds of years ago, when a feudal lord, Lord Kempe Gowda, was hunting and his dog pounced on a rabbit, the rabbit turned and attacked the dog. This inspired Gowda to name the place “Gandu Bhoomi” or the “Place of Heroes” and later in 1537 built three districts protected by a walled fort.
Over the years, Bangalore has grown. Though it has always been in the shadow of the nearby city of Mysore, in 1831, when the British took over the Mysore Kingdom and relocated the capital to Bangalore, the city began to truly grow and develop most of its infrastructure, from roads to rail connections to telecommunications.
THE FAMOUS GARDENS
This was also a time when the famous parks and gardens were created in Bangalore. The city is filled with lush green parks, offering a respite from the stifling Indian heat And while the city’s reputation has stemmed as being a progressive, well-designed and green city, today if one will visit Bangalore, they will notice the surrounding greenery, roads lined with trees and hedges, and public parks abundant with gardens.
The gardens such as Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Kariappa Memorial Park and more are some of the many parks where one can enjoy the Garden City’s greenery. Just like any other parks, these parks are common places for locals to relax as well as tourists. Many people jog and exercise along the trails in the early morning hours before the sun gets too hot. The well-maintained parks are usually free while some charge a small entry fee. Some of these parks are:
- The Cubbon Park:
The Cubbon Park is situated in the central administrative area of the city of Bengaluru is home to the statues of famous personalities as well as rich and diverse flora and fauna. The most famous parks in Bangalore are aesthetically pleasing and garner the attention of tourists and nature lovers alike.
Located at Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, one can visit the park at any time but 5 am to 8 am has been declared silent time and with no entry fee.
- Lalbagh Botanical Park:
The lush park and one of the most prominent remnants of the Wadiyar dynasty, the Lalbagh Botanical Park pays homage to Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan who had ordered the construction of the park. Spanning across over 240 acres right in the middle of Bangalore, the park typically hosts special events like the Lalbagh Glass House Botanical Show on public holidays.
Located at Mavalli, Bangalore with timings 7 am to 7 pm and a entry fee of mere Rs 20 is the necessary information required for visiting the park.
- Bannerghatta Butterfly Park:
Catching a glimpse of beautiful flowers at Bannerghatta Butterfly Park with a trail that is over a kilometre long, a polycarbonate roof and a breeding area for insects is indeed splendid. Apart from the above, it also has a waterfall and a landscaped garden to create a favourable habitat for the insects.
Home to mainly five species of butterflies papilionidae, pieridae, nymphalidae, lycaenidae and hesperiidae, the location of this park is Bannerghatta Road with visiting timings: 9 am to 5 pm and an entry fee of Rs. 30 per adult, Rs. 20 per child.
THE SILICON VALLEY OF INDIA
In recent times, Bangalore has become one of the biggest IT hubs in India which have also earned its nickname of “Silicon Valley of India,” a reference to the original Silicon Valley in Santa Clara Valley, California which was coined in 2000 by the media to describe the region’s high concentration and growth of firms specialising in software, electronics and research and development.
While the city got hit with an abundance of technology companies in 1985 when Texas Instruments became the first multinational corporation to establish a headquarters in Bangalore and this started the endeavour of drawing in other companies to Bangalore over the next two decades and act as the foundation to establish Bangalore as a technological hub.
IN THE MILLENNIAL AGE
At the new millennium’s arrival, the Internet-based technology was seen growing rapidly allowing the IT industry in Bangalore to expand enormously during this time along with coining of many IT companies. In 2006, a famous article in the New York Times speculated as to whether Bangalore was the next Silicon Valley followed by other articles which proposed Bangalore might replace the original Silicon Valley.
TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE
Bangalore is a prominent city of India being one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world and the most developed city of the country witnessed by any traveller who visits the state. With nonstop growth, evident in the city’s tall buildings, on-going developments and bustling pace, it remains to be a peaceful city filled with greenery unlike the other urban metropolis of the country. Both are the key points which make this place worth visiting as the traveller is left astonished discovering how the state is holding on to its older reputation while creeping toward the future.